Children's groups hail protection plan

By Aine Kerr

July 29, 2009 /

THE Government's 99-point action plan was last night hailed as a major breakthrough in the long campaign for improved protection and care of children.

Broadly welcomed by all the children's representative bodies, the Government was urged by the sector to start acting on the comprehensive plan immediately and follow it up with a referendum on children's rights.

Fergus Finlay, of Barnardos, welcomed the plans to put child protection guidelines on a statutory footing -- a move the sector has been seeking for many years.

"This will mean child protection safeguards will have to be implemented consistently across all statutory and state-funded voluntary bodies in Ireland and will strengthen the protection of children across the country," he said.

The HSE said it was recruiting social workers and appointing temporary staff to permanent positions and would immediately begin work on how best to implement the action plan.

The Children's Rights Alliance argued that the successful passage of a children's rights constitutional amendment would be a "living memorial" to the victims of abuse.

The alliance also called for some of the time lines in the plan to be brought forward to reflect the urgency of some of the child protection and child care issues.

The Rape Crisis Network said the Government had recognised that words alone were not enough and had made "solid commitments", which will directly increase child protection and child safety.


Ireland's Ryan Report

When I read articles like above, I begin to think people ARE indeed reading reports like The Ryan Report, and taking them very seriously.

It's about time.  It's about time people recognize where abuse against children has been taking place for decades, (and generations).  It's about time a country's government says abuse in-care will NOT be tolerated.

Now, if only other countries, like The United States, took the same sort of initiative and interest in the future of child welfare and child safety.  As bad as the Ryan Report makes the Catholic Church look, can the average John Q. Public Tax Payer imagine how bad -- how UNSAFE -- private/state-supported residential care can be... especially when there are those maintaining a cloak of secrecy?

As bad as Ireland's Ryan Report may read, can any one imagine how the non-denominational American-version would read?  Dare we think Canada, Australia and the entire UK could or would do the same, for the sake of past victims and future child-safety?

I honestly believe NO country should take-in another country's children if abuse and neglect is taking place anywhere within it's child protective service system.

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